Summary of “The 10 Weirdest Paths to Superstardom”

The pint-size dancer won a coveted spot as a Los Angeles Lakers cheerleader while in college, shooting to the role of head choreographer by the time she was 19.
In no time Abdul was Janet Jackson’s right-hand lady, creating signature moves like the snakey one in “Pleasure Principle” before scoring her own record deal.
Twice rejected for a spot as a fly girl on the sketch comedy show In Living Color, Jennifer Lopez finally took the stage in 1990, dancing alongside future Dancing With the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba.
Justin found a girlfriend and a future bandmate in Britney and JC Chasez respectively, and Britney and Christina went on to score solo record deals during a time of boy-and-girl-band mania.
Sean “Puffy” Combs honed his managerial instincts by dropping out of Howard University for an unpaid internship at the now-defunct hip hop label Uptown Records.
In real life, the girl who played Sally on TV grew up to become the lead singer of a band that performs to sold-out stadiums and disappointed Superbowl-goers.
Before Diana Ross signed to Motown Records, she worked as a secretary for Motown CEO Berry Gordy.
At the time, Gordy considered Ross too young to represent, so he paid her to file papers in the Motown offices until she turned 17, at which point he relented.

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